Cholo Abdi Abdullah Biography — Wiki
Cholo Abdi Abdullah is a Kenyan member of al-Shabab who stands accused of plotting to fly an airliner into a United States’ skyscraper after training as a pilot in the Philippines. Abdullah spent years preparing to carry out a 9/11-style attack, prosecutors say.
He pleaded not guilty to all counts in a New York court Wednesday.
Cholo Abdi Abdullah Age
Cholo Abdi Abdullah is 30 years old.
Everything You Need To Know About Cholo Abdi Abdullah
Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested in 2019 in the Philippines with an improvised explosive device, a hand grenade, and a gun, CNN reported at the time.
By then, he was extradited to the US Tuesday.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: ‘This chilling callback to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, is a stark reminder that terrorist groups like al Shabaab remain committed to killing U.S. citizens and attacking the United States.’
It is not clear which skyscrapers or cities were part of the alleged plot.
Abdullah faces multiple terrorism-related charges and if convicted 20 years to life in prison.
Abdullah, who has been in custody since last year, took orders from an al-Shabab commander responsible for the hotel attack in Nairobi in 2019. Al Shabaab has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda and serves as the terrorist group’s principal wing in East Africa.
The State Department in 2008 designated al-Shabab, which means ‘the youth’ in Arabic, as a foreign terrorist organization. The militant group has fought to establish an Islamic state in Somalia based on Shariah law.
Prosecutors, in announcing the hijacking plot, said the extremist group recently ’embarked on a string of terrorist attacks’ following the United States’ decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
What we know so far
Prosecutors said Abdullah got flight training in the Philippines between 2017 and 2019 and obtained a pilot’s license in preparation for an attack.
During that time, authorities said in a news release, Abdullah researched ‘the means and methods to hijack a commercial airliner,’ including how to breach a cockpit door and ‘information about the tallest building in a major U.S. city.’
‘This case, which involved a plot to use an aircraft to kill innocent victims, reminds us of the deadly threat that radical Islamic terrorists continue to pose to our nation,’ Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said: ‘Nearly 20 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are those who remain determined to conduct terror attacks against United States citizens. Abdullah, we allege, is one of them.
‘He obtained a pilot’s license overseas, learning how to hijack an aircraft for the purpose of causing a mass-casualty incident within our borders.’
Abdullah is charged with conspiring to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (al Shabaab), conspiring to murder U.S. nationals, conspiring to commit aircraft piracy, conspiring to destroy aircraft, and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
He has been detained pending trial. His defense attorney declined to comment.